Ryan Burns - GopherIllustrated

Norris close to narrowing his list down

In-state DE Madison Norris updates his recruitment and talks about the recent visit he made to Indiana.

Recruiting is going well for Madison Norris as he has picked up more than a dozen offers, but he is getting close to the time when he will start to focus on just a few schools before making a decision. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound standout from Fishers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about his recruiting, and about his latest trip to IU this past Friday.

Norris has been to Bloomington many times so the visit there a few days ago was nothing new for him, but he said it is always good to go down there and strengthen his already good connection to the program.

“It was pretty good,” he said about his visit to Indiana. “We got to go around and see more of the campus and hang out. It’s nice to get down there and get more comfortable with the people there and keep building that relationship.”

Norris said the Indiana coaching staff continues to let him know what a priority recruit he is for them in the 2018 class.

“They have told me that I am their number one guy and that they really want me,” he said about the message from IU. “They have also talked about how I would be able to play early for them.”

The three-star prospect said it feels really good to know that a Big Ten program like Indiana is showing him that kind of attention.

“It feels good that such a big program wants me and needs me,” Norris said. “It would still mean something if it was a smaller program, but to have a program like Indiana say that to you feels great.”


Norris has also been able to develop a strong bond with Indiana defensive line coach Mark Hagen.

“We have become close,” he said about the IU assistant. “We talk pretty much every week. We will talk about football and other things, and we just continue to build a strong relationship.”

The athletic defensive end currently has offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Louisville, Missouri, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo. He said that he is at the point in the process where he can start to cut schools from his list and just concentrate on his top options.

I am getting close to narrowing it down to just a few schools,” Norris said. “The first thing I will be looking for is academics. I want to get a good education, and I want to go to a school that has my major, which is physical therapy. I am also looking for a school where I will have an opportunity to play and be the most effective player I can.”

Norris, who plans on making his decision either during his season or towards the end of it, said the academic support that IU has for the football players is very impressive.

They provide a lot of support to the players, and they basically do not let you fail as long as you do what you have to do,” he said. “It is almost impossible to fail at Indiana.”

Last fall at Hamilton Southeastern Norris recorded 67 tackles, 11 QB hurries, 10 sacks, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown. 

Peegs.com Top Stories